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Born in Estonian SSR, USSR [now Estonia]
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Susanna Brisk was born in Estonia in the former Soviet Union, and moved to Australia with her family at the age of 4. She started modeling at the age of 16, performing stand-up comedy at the age of 17 and did her first televised stand-up spot live on Australian national television at the age of 19. Over the next four years, Brisk performed stand-up and sketch comedy on every Australian television network including The Australian Comedians in Concert (twice) at the Melbourne Concert Hall in front of 2,500 people. In addition, she wrote and performed characters for FOX Breakfast Radio, was featured in many national TV commercials and wrote, produced and performed numerous shows.

Brisk produced and performed her one-woman show Megababe, a send-up of models and the fashion industry, when she was twenty, as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The show took place at the Universal Theatre, using a chorus of models which Brisk choreographed, and which attracted national publicity on television, radio and print media. Her next multi-character show, JAP - Jewish Australian Princess, sold out the season in its first week and gained excellent reviews. In 1997, Susanna headed to New York City to study at the Stella Adler Conservatory for the summer. Immediately, she landed a role in the indie feature Some Fish Can Fly (1999) and began performing extensively on the new York stand-up circuit. In New York, she booked lead roles in NYU films, several indie shorts, the interactive CD-Rom The 24-7 and performed Off-Broadway in "The Cleansing of George Cuthbert". She shot two pilots for VH-1 (Couch Potato and Rock n' Roll Stand-Up) and became a stand-up regular at the Comic Strip, Stand-Up New York, the New York Comedy Club and Caroline's NYC, as well as downtown venues such as Surf Reality and Collective Unconscious.

In 1999, Brisk returned to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with JAP 2. The season involved twenty-four shows in twenty-five days in Melbourne, with two additional sold-out shows at a 350-seat venue in Sydney. Brisk returned to NYC to produce and perform JAP - Princess in the City for a four-month season to packed houses at The Duplex in historic Greenwich Village. She played 17 different characters and the piano, received a rave review in Time Out New York and was invited to perform the show at the HBO Workspace in LA. Once in Los Angeles, she booked a guest principal role on JAG, and hosted The Kisser, the first pilot for POP.com for Dreamworks/Imagine.

She performs stand-up regularly at the Improv, the Comedy Store, Dublin's and the Laugh Factory. Stand-up gigs include her headlining tour with the Star Spangled Girls of US Military Bases in the Balkans, including Bosnia, Hungary, Macedonia, Sarajevo and Kosovo and opening for international acts at The Riviera in Los Vegas. She recently screened "Whim", a short film which she wrote, produced, directed and starred in. She has also produced and performed a workshop reading of a new show Waiting to Breed, at the Larry Moss Studio.

In 2002 Susanna became part of The Actors' Gang theater company in Hollywood, taking part over many months in Commedia del Arte workshops with Tim Robbins and other veteran Gang members and playing the piano in the late night show "Alagazam." She is happily married to Barry Katz.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Susanna Brisk was born in Estonia in the former Soviet Union, and grew up in Melbourne, Australia. She began writing and performing stand-up comedy at age 17 and by 19 was performing her own material live on Australian television. Her early material was about her experiences as a model.

After appearances on every Australian television network, and three solo shows, including the sold-out Melbourne Comedy Festival Hit "JAP - Jewish Australian Princess," Brisk moved to New York and became a regular on the New York stand-up circuit. Her follow up show "JAP - Princess In the City," played for four months at the Duplex theatre in Greenwich Village and was called "Captivating..." by Time Out New York. Brisk played seventeen different characters and a Rachmaninoff concert piano piece and toured with the show to Melbourne, Sydney, and Los Angeles.

Brisk moved to Los Angeles in 2000 and as well as several TV pilots, film and stand-up work, in 2002 became a member of the Actors' Gang, (artistic director - Tim Robbins) and has been onstage in many plays including Moliere, Shakespeare and Commedia dell'arte workshops. She also toured the Balkans for U.S. troops as a stand-up comic as part of the Star Spangled Girls.

Brisk's current one woman show, "Mamafied," played at Edgemar Center for The Arts and was directed by Michelle Danner. After stellar reviews, it went to Melbourne's Comedy Festival for seventeen shows in 2009. Brisk is currently developing "Mamafied," into a book and a television show, as well as working on her most important productions, two children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Family (1)

Spouse Barry Katz (25 June 2000 - present)

Trivia (2)

Current student of Larry Moss. [2009]
Studied at Stella Adler Conservatory and with legendary voice coach Patsy Rodenberg and dialect master Robert Easton.

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